TREE BOARD MINUTES
October 11, 2018
Present: Scott Breeland, Kate Greer, Jim Ising, Judy Mudd, Cheri Silvey-Slusher, Jodi Smiley,
Laura Trachtenburg, Caroline Westfall
The August 23, minutes were approved.
Finances: There is a balance of $8,000
Mayor Ising thanked the Tree Board for volunteering and hospitality. He also reported that there was a dangerous tree on Ambridge. A letter was sent to the homeowners. (Note: The problem has since been resolved.)
Kate talked to Andy about replacing the crabapple on Ambridge and replanting the dead tree given to a resident on Indian Ridge. (Note: Andy has replaced Ambridge tree and will talk to homeowner on Indian Ridge.)
Arborist Report: Caroline will assess the trees on the Rudy right-of-way about danger.
2018-19 Work Plan
$300 for Arbor Day, April 14, 2019
$3800 for trimming hazardous tree limbs or complete removal of dead trees along
$3000 to plant 10 canopy trees—area to be determined
Continue Windy Hills Horticultural Advisory Group Resident Tree Program
$900 Arborist Fee
Total Budget $8,000
Continue informative articles in the Windy Hills newsletter
Create Blog (Scott Breeland will create one)
Educational component for Arbor Day
Next meeting: December 6
TREE BOARD MINUTES
August 23, 2018
Present: Scott Breeland, Bruce Blue, Cheri Silvey-Slusher, Jodi Smiley, Laura Trachtenberg
Kate Greer (Council)
Laura Trachtenberg made motion to approve minutes of June 7. They were approved.
Financial Report As of July 1: Tree Board–$8,000
City Council Report: Kate Greer reported that Plant Kingdom’s Andy Smart had removed the dead tree on the East side of Ambridge. He has ordered a replacement that will be installed in late Fall. He has also talked to the owner of one of the trees planted on Indian Ridge. It died. Plant Kingdom will replace it at cost as it died over a year after it was planted.
2018-19 Work Plan: (1) The arborist will identify areas that need trees. We will also continue replacing trees planted by the City when they die. Any trees planted will be supplied with water bags. The Tree Board will contract with Brownsboro Landscaping or Lawn Co to fill them as needed.
(2) Continue Windy Hills Horticultural Advisory Group (WHHAF+G) resident tree program.
(3)The Board would like to get the Council to agree to reduce the Arborist budget to $900 and add the extra $500 to the regular account.
(4) Arbor Day for 2019 will be Sunday, April 14; 2-4 P. M.. We have budgeted $300 for it.
Arbor Day will be made up on Sunday, September 23,between 2-4. It will be held in conjunction with the Ice Cream Social, shredding, Tai Chi, and recycling demonstration..
There will be a scavenger hunt involving tree identification (educational component), and coloring books for children.
The next Tree Board meeting will be Thursday, October 11, at 7:00 P.M. at Cheri Silvey-Slusher’s home on Killeny Place.
TREE BOARD MINUTES
June 3, 2018
PRESENT: Cheri Silvey-Slusher, Jody Mudd, Laura Trachtenberg, Mayor Ising, Caroline Westfall, Kate Greer
The minutes of the last meeting were approved.
The Board will ask the Council to approve two new members at the Council Meeting Monday night. They are Bruce Blue and Scott Breland.
The Tree Board budget has $4573.12.
As no one on Clerkenwell seems to want a tree, the Board voted to replace sick or dead trees in the Ambridge right-of-way. Plant Kingdom has ordered a fringe tree to replace the first tree on the left from Rudy Lane. There is a dead one at the other end of Ambridge. Andy Smart, the Plant Kingdom arborist is going to determine what type it is. The Windy Hills Garden Club donated $350 to replace the fringe tree.
Andy Smart contacted Kate and reported that one of the trees planted on the Indian Ridge give-away died (but not in the year it was guaranteed), The Plant Kingdom said it will replace it at a great discount and will plant it free. The Board agreed to replace it.
As the Arbor Day will be celebrated at the Ice Cream Social (September 23), plans were discussed. Caroline showed us the coloring books for the children and the scavenger hunt for all.
Jody Mudd will have a table promoting Recycling at both Arbor Day and Fourth of July picnic.
The Arbor Day sign is at Brownsboro Lawn Care.
Any trees given away or planted by the Board will have water bags and tree guards. Kate will make the guards. Bags are $16 each at Amazon.
Caroline reported that Otis Coleman (6498 Keith Springs Circle) asked for help with his Siberian Elms that are damaged. Caroline believes that the trees present a danger. The City partnered with Metro and paid to have another stretch of Rudy pruned last year. The issue will be reexamined after
The November election.
The next meeting will be Thursday, August 23, at 7:00.
TREE BOARD MINUTES
March 6, 2018
PRESENT: Jody Mudd, Matt Shrewsbury, Cheri Silvey Slusher, Jodi Smiley, Laura Trachtenberg
Non-voting Council member Kate Greer
FINANCIAL REPORT: $4942.16
The Vetters received $200 from the WHAAG account for two trees.
ARBOR DAY will be Sunday, April 15 from 2-4 on the Green. Caroline has created a tree identifying game for children. She also purchased coloring books for them. The children will plant seeds in cups to take home.
Kate will ask Jim Lehrer for 3 long tables.
She will ask Helen Davis if we can borrow her loud speaker system.
Jodi Smiley will get the banner from Cathy Thompson.
Matt and Kate will buy juice, cookies and water.
Should it rain, we will do something at the 4th of July picnic.
We need two new people on the Tree Board. Cheri will contact the last 4 people who were interested.
She will also send out personal letters to the Clerkenwell people about trees in their ROW.
The next meeting will be June 7.
Submitted by Kate Greer
TREE BOARD MINUTES
January 9, 2018
PRESENT: Cheri Siley-Slusher, Laura Trachenberg, Jodi Smiley, Jody Mudd, Matt Shrewsberry,
And Caroline Westfall (arborist).
The financial Report was given by Cheri. The board has approximately $3200 balance.
Cheri reported on the letters to residents of Clerkenwell: No residents responded to the letters. The letters were addressed to the addresses, but did not have the resident’s names on the letters. We are going to send the letters again, using the resident’s names. We will also canvass the residents in person to see if they are interested. If we still get no response, we will look into alternative streets.
Watering bags have not been ordered, and it was decided we will wait to order the bags after we see what type of response we get from residents for trees.
Two members of the board have resigned due to their moving out of the city: Ward Wilson and Sean Dahany. Four potential new members responded to the email blast for new members. We will contact them to see if they are still interested, and request they write a short email as to why they would like to be on the board.
With the new members, we need new name tags. These will be made.
The Pine straw has been laid down at Rudy and Regency. We will also plant some bulbs or low maintenance bushes in that area. Adam can manage these.
Tree City USA is complete, and we are now designated a Tree City.
Continuing the discussion on hazardous trees, Jim Hodge will send letters to people with problem trees. The letters will indicate that the arborist has identified the tree as a potential hazard. The city will not pay for any tree removal not on the right of way.
Arbor Day will be Sunday April 15. We will have it on the Green, from 2 – 4 PM. There will be a drawing for two trees. The winners will receive a voucher for $350.00, which must be used by 12/31/18.
Cookies and water will be available. There will also be a table with potting soil, peat pots, and seeds.
There will be a tree identification game for residents and children. We will map out the trees on the Green, and people will match the type of tree with its position on the Green. Prizes of seed packets will be given.
WH GREEN: Mike Skelton has said he would like to plant a border area by the private houses.
The next meeting will be the Tuesday March 6, 2018.
Submitted by Laura Trachtenberg